Warsteiner Premium Dunkel | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium DunkelWarsteiner Premium Dunkel

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2001

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Photo of Kraken
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass . Vigorours pour rewarded with 3 fingers of pure white head that dissapates rapidly. Receeding head leaves slight traces of its climb up the side of my glass. Smell as expected, is total malt . . Caremelly malt immediately showers your taste buds . The fine carbonation contributes greatly to the taste, it almost refreshes your tastebuds. Thin mouth-feel and lack of depth are the only short commings. Finishs with a slight malty sweetness . This is a nice session beer as it has a nice malty character with out being too heavy.

Far superior on tap!

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Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out a nice brown color that allows the light to shine through it. It has an excellent sweet/malty and barley scent. Nice taste, a nice bit of complexity, but overall just a good malty flavor, although it may be a bit too sweet. Goes down extremely smooth and is easy to drink.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium brown and transparent body topped by a half finger of light tan head.

S - Malty, slightly roasty with a hint of caramel aroma.

T - Smokey with a nutty middle and a mild roasty ending and smokey molasses finish. Quite complex really.

M - Rather watery with a moderate coarse texture throughout with much o it presenting itself near the end and into the finish.

~ Not the most drinkable in my opinion. However, it seems to cater to the more advanced beer drinker. Someone looking for a complex German dark lager. Unfortunately those styles seem to be a dying breed in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown but translucent body with almost no carbonation or head. Interesting smell. Roasty and caramel dominate. Tastes very roasty with caramel and coffee notes. Very very good. Well balanced despite the presence of afformentioned flavors and scents. Pretty good for a lager.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, foamy, white head. Looks like dark cola in the glass.

Strong scent of hops and malt in the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy like a porter, very crisp.

It tastes like it smells. The roasted malt comes at your first, then the hops greet you. The beer has nice lacing, it even looks good as you drink it.

The finish is complex because it looks and tastes like a porter with the creamy roasted malt, then endswith the hoppy bite like a smooth pale ale.

The bottles are only 11.2 oz and the alcohol is only 4.8%...and it's smooth like a porter...I could drink a lot of these and enjoy every one.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

ST: Bottle poured into a weißbier glass.

A: Very dark, slightly watery look, but still very dark. Not cloudy like other Dunkels I have had.

S: Pretty good, not as strong as some American versions I have had of this kind. I can smell some banana, and a little roasted malt.

T: Pretty good, but again, I have had better American versions of Dunkels. Banana comes through, less roasted malt and caramel than I had hoped for. Would drunk again.

M: Kind of watery, not as thick as I would have liked it.

D: Pretty drinkable, would drink again, I think I will buy better beer though. Kind of a let down for my first German beer.

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Photo of tronester
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black in appearance, with a big white head. Smells of roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt as well, with a a good amount of hop bitterness to match. Mouth feel is good. Pretty drinkable, it wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all the tall cans of pale lager in the BC liqour stores it is nice to see a dunkel available in cans. This is a pretty nice take on the style with a full mouthfeel making this an enjoyable drink. The beer is roasty and kinda sweet with caramel overtones but does not have the thinness that plagues some takes on the style. Decent enough and food friendly including BBQ make this a summer evening addition to the beer quiver.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark, almost black color with an inch thick light brown head that dissipates instantly.

Smell - Brown sugar, somewhat grassy, caramel, and lightly toasted.

Taste - Similar to the smell.. Brown sugar, small hints of toffee, barley, and a strong caramel finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation.

Overall - Sweet and creamy. That's how I'd describe this beer

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice full flavored German dunkel. Roasted malt predominates. Went well with a char-grilled sirloin burger with a slab of red onion on it and green salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crumbled bleu cheese.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a solid dark chocolately color with little head. Smelled rich of malt, maybe a little hops, but nothing entirely destict. It tasted pretty good, but again, nothing too distict in the flavor. It felt medium to almost thin my my mouth but was a pretty drinkable beer to go with the tacos I was having for dinner.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended via the beer guy at Liquid Assets.
Pours out a clear reddish-brown with a very nice two fingers of head that rather quickly drops to a ring around the rim and fine lacing. The aroma is rather subdued with a solid malt backbone and just a wisp here and there of earthy and spicy hops, very light though. Sweet and crisp is what I get initially then it's mostly over with just a bit of bitterness lingering in the finish, I find it very refreshing. Good body from what I believe is a bunch of Munich Malt. Drinkability is pretty damn good.
Overall impression is that I feel it'll take me very little effort to finish the six pack tonight, it's the sort of beer that is unobtrusive enough to not have to take center stage yet I find myself looking at it every so often and admiring it's complex yet humble character.

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Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a mildly hazy ,deep mahogany-brown , with a half inch , off-white head. Smell is malty and slighly buttery , hints of raisin bread , some faint hops. Taste is crisp but rich maltiness , again some raisin qualities , some diacetyl / caramel , slight dark fruit-bread flavors , some balancing hops but not very bitter at all. Quite delicious! Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a bready aftertaste coating the tongue for a second. I found this Dunkel lager to be quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherry red color with an thin off tan head.

S: Some dark caramel, rasins, and dried cherries on nose.

T: Sweet dark caramel flavor that is dry and complex and very rich. Some earthy woody notes, faint smokiness and bread notes as well. Some rum raisin and spicy alcohol on the finish along with a dark cherry caramel tingle

M: Thin body but big flavor with a light mouthful.. Very good malt complexity.

D: Very drinkable and light per style but overall the malt complexity and flavor makes this beer stand out.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has dark brown colour and a good 1 cm head when poured. It maintains good lacing. The smell is malty with a hint of sweet chocolate. The taste is grainy with a hint of sourness to begin with but gets more interesting and the end with roastiness and a hint of chocolate. This beer is quite foamy and thick in the mouth. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with thick head that strangely produced no lacing. The aroma was of light roasted malt. The flavor was of roasted malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This beer was on the much lighter side of what should be a medium bodied dunkel.

The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat watery. This creates a very drinkable dunkel, and could be a decent afternoon session beer that won't weigh you down.

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Photo of ZAP
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Really a nice looking beer...deep, dark brown with some ruby highlights..perfect light tan fluffy head on top..

S-I really pick up a lot of mineral elements from the water used...toffee..light caramel breadiness..

T-The mineral water notes again are high...almost metallic but in a good way...it is certainly not a turnoff at all...the toffee is also there with a little breadiness...

M-Medium bodied but more rounded than crisp....

D-Low abv...nice overall character...not watery in the least....I see this as an excellent session beer. Good stuff..

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Photo of stlsportster
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this dunkel. Poured a bit reddish brown into a tall beer mug. Not much head by the time the waitress got it to me and no lacing.

Smooth taste, malty, not a real heavy flavor... Fairly thin and light for a dunkel IMHO.

Wish the ABV was higher..,but with that 4.9 this light tasty dunkel could be a session beer.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 500ml can into a pilsner glass. It pours clear ruddy burnt orange (vibrant) with an off white head that subsides quickly.

S - faint roasted malt, dried dark fruits, orange/grapefruit rind and celery

T - sweet roasted malt, light cookie flavor (molasses), dried dark fruit and a spice finish with a hint of dark bread/muffin

M - medium carbonation, medium body, viscous, and wet finish that feels a bit too heavy/sticky. The finish also warms the throat.

D - the settling of the flavor/mouthfeel after the carbonation dissipates is cumbersome but the finish is great

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head; decent retention and considerable lacing

Smell: A whiff of toasted malt

Taste: Toasted malt flavors dominate, with a hint of caramel and a subtle nutty flavor; the finish is dry and slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very clean and drinkable; well-made

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Photo of abarquerov
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Very nice color, deep dark brown, clear but you can't see through the glass. Almost no head.

S: The aroma jumps right out of the glass into your nose. Some caramel/toffee notes, dark chocolate, malts.

T: Great taste, similar to the taste. Dark chocolate-caramel, coffee, roasted malts. I'd describe it as a deep flavor.

F: Slightly creamy with due carbonation.

Overall, it's one of my favorite beers. Affordable, great taste, great dark lager.

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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a feel like that of a saison and the color of a pale ale. At first, it reminded me of wheat beers and hefeweizen beers. But the slightly astringent and dry aftertaste were similar to the Springstreet Saison from Avondale Brewery. This would be great with a light tasting, baked appetizer.

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Photo of gotweid
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 pack of bottles for $16 with a best on date of 4/14/08. Pours a very dark, rusty brown that you can see through if held up to the light. Average head and nice lacing. Smells of a slightly overcooked grain? That description really doesn't do it justice, but that's what I smelled. You pick up the aroma nicely on every sip This is a very nice, medium bodied, smooth beer. The smoothness caught me by surprise. It's a little dry and has a pleasant aftertaste. This drinks very easily. I caught myself drinking the 2nd bottle too fast. I think that's a good sign. I really enjoyed this brew. Very much worth it. Highly recommended. hic....

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Warsteiner Dunkel
On tap at Lagers in Metairie, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium head, good lacing.

Smell: grains, subtle hops.

Taste: grains, subtle hops, slight honey, slight brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly watery.

This is a great session beer. Plenty of flavor and smoothness keep this one a great choice.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: Opens with a little sweet caramel and then toasted malts, soon followed by a faint earthy flavor. As the taste progresses, the roasted malt dominates, carrying the taste to its close

Mouth feel: Soft to the taste, with a little stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A simple and pleasing example of the style. Over thirteen years, my opinion of Warsteiner Premium Dunkel has not changed.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. "Best before" date is "17.DEC.15".

Review of 07-04-2002:

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, very thick and coarse off-white head on pouring, slowly settles to a paper-thin layer. Lots of sticky lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma of toasted dark malt.

Taste: The taste is very smooth, begins with a little sting of carbonation, then sweet toasted malts, followed by a mild flush of sweetness, finishes with very faint mild hops.

Drinkability/notes: This beer matches quite well with barbecue. Beer is, generally speaking, the fusion of malts and hops. Some beer drinkers are devoted worshipers of hops, for others, beer is all about the malts. I fall into this latter camp, and so like this beer very much.

Freshness information stated best by 2003-03-05.

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Warsteiner Premium Dunkel from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,524 ratings.
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